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Air pollution levels in Oxford plateau – new data

seven months ago

Air pollution levels in Oxford have plateaued, new data shows.

New data from the Oxford City Council’s 72 air pollution monitoring locations has shown that levels of toxic nitrogen dioxide (NO2) fell by an average of 0.23% between 2017 and 2018 –a starkly slower rate in comparison to the 22.7% decrease between 2016 and 2017.

Data from future years will be needed to understand whether the plateauing is a trend. A three-year plateau occurred between 2014 and 2016, before Oxford’s bus operators upgraded to cleaner Euro 6 engines – which is thought to have caused the steep reduction in Oxford air pollution between 2016 and 2017.

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